How to Set a Room’s Mood with Smart Lighting

A living room with purple LED lights.
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Color can affect your mood. Companies spend thousands of dollars every year find out what decor colors will encourage customers to drop the most dough when they walk through the door. You can also use this mental trick to set the mood in a room with just the color of your lights.

Cold or hot? Each has its place

Smart lighting is available in different colors, allowing you to change the color of a room to suit your needs. For example, “colder” lighting makes a person feel more productive and focused and is more suitable for an office. This is why so many office buildings use harsh fluorescent lighting.

On the other hand, “warmer” lighting – such as a candle or ceiling lighting in restaurants – promotes a feeling of relaxation.

You can change the color of your home lighting to change your mood, but first you need to understand how color psychology works. After that, just change the lights to suit your needs.

Color psychology

Color psychology is a vast and complex field, and the science is inconclusive. However, if you want to try it, here are some basic principles to keep in mind:

  • Red is associated with power: It can help stimulate your appetite, making it an ideal color for a kitchen or dining room. In terms of lighting, it provides a sense of urgency. In less intense shades, it can help with relaxation.
  • Blue soothes: Although it receives a bad blow to interrupt the circadian rhythm, a soft blue light can be useful in offices and workplaces as a productivity booster.
  • Purple helps stimulate creativity: If you are an artist, writer, designer or photographer, or just working on a difficult issue, soft purple lighting can help.
  • Green causes the least eye strain: It would be ideal in a bedroom or living room to get comfortable while you relax and catch up on your favorite TV series.
  • Orange and yellow are associated with sunrise: Both are ideal for soft morning lighting as you prepare to encourage a feeling of happiness and contentment.

Of course, there are also light color temperatures. For example, a cool white has a bluish tint that encourages concentration and alertness, but it can disrupt your sleep cycle. Warm white is the perfect option to unwind and relax before bed, but not the best choice for an office environment.

How to set the mood of a room with intelligent lighting

the Philips Hue and similar smart lamps allow you to change the color of light in a room on the fly. Defining specific scenes allows you to recall the same settings at the touch of a button.

We will show how to do this with Philips Hue lighting, but you can use any smart lighting system with configurable colors.

To do this, you will need the Philips Hue app on your mobile device, a Hue bridge and at least one colored Hue lamp. Open the Philips Hue app. In our example, there are already three rooms configured, but yours will be different depending on the layout of your house. Select one of the rooms.

After choosing a part, a color wheel appears.

The color wheel of the Philips Hue app.

You can move the pointer around the wheel to choose the desired color and shade. Alternatively, if you tap the painter’s palette icon in the upper right corner, you can choose from a series of predefined scenes. If you have more than one bulb in the room, each one will reflect a different color as part of the scene.

The scene selection menu in the Philips Hue app.

You can also create your own scene. To do this, simply press “New Scene” in the upper left corner. On the next screen, enter a name for your scene and choose the colors you want to incorporate into it.

A personalized scene in the Philips Hue app.

This tool is particularly powerful; you can even choose an image and ask your scene to incorporate its ambient colors. There are several preset images, but you can also choose one from your Camera Roll.

In addition to the basic functions offered by Philips Hue lamps, certain experimental functions are also available via Hue Labs. This platform allows Philips Hue owners to opt for the first features of the prototype, such as allowing a light to sparkle like a candle.

If you want to see the options available, just tap “Explore” at the bottom of the screen, then tap “Hue Labs”.

Philips Hue provides a powerful personalization platform in which people can create the ambiance of their home with intelligent lighting, but it is not the only one. People with LIFX lighting can access many similar functions, as well as those with Sengled, Tradfri or GE lighting.

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